Saturday, February 7, 2009

A little more progress.




Came home from NY to see that all the cabinets are in. Lots of other things to do to finish them and the whole room, of course. The best part was that all the cabinet boxes piled high in the front room were now empty and the boxes themselves were repurposed in the kitchen to protect those ninny fir floors. I was glad to see the messy tide in my house begin to recede. Shit had taken over every room.

And now that the promise of a new kitchen is starting to seem so real, I am trying to imagine what it will be like to really use it. I was thinking I can't just put my ratty old Ikea flatware back in my new kitchen drawers, can I? No. Answer is definitely no, since this seems like a good time for an upgrade. So maybe today is the day I buy new flatware.

I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to edit all the crap that we will put back into the cupboards and drawers. When we had to remove all the food and dishes from the cabinets before Contractor Gary scrapped all the old cabinets, I kept thinking, "WHY exactly do we have these disgusting old college-era cheap-ass pans in here?" Things we never or rarely use are going to go. We really only use like 3 pans anyway. Time to tidy up.

23 comments:

Little Lantern said...

Hip Hip Hoorah! How nice to come home real progress and not more disasters. It IS a great time to upgrade and also just to get rid of tons of non-essentials. I have visions of doing the same with the mountain of boxes containing our kitchen crap at the back of the house. The truth is that I don't remember what's in any of them.

Henrietta said...

I like the height of those cabinets.

Nice.

Ivy Lane said...

Yeah!! Now...what are ya gonna do about picking out the flatware???!!! You thought there were lots of choices in lighting...there's probably even MORE choices in flatware!

A-M said...

Oh yay... yeah chuck it all out and get some new stuff.... you deserve it. I'm going to do the same...but I'm even going to chuck out the 3 pans we use too. Looking good even at this early stage! A-M xx

K.Line said...

The cabinets are looking GREAT! I've never bought flatware (weirdly). When I moved out, my mother gave me her marital day-to-day set (which she'd long since retired). It's Danish and I've always really liked it. Every time she comes over, she acts like I'm some street person who has 40 year old crap cutlery. I prefer to call it vintage :-)

tartanscot said...

Yay! very exciting progress. and, yes, by all means, get new kitchen toys for the new kitchen!

looking good!

David said...

The cabinets are great, and you've got marble coming, it's absolutely time to upgrade your kitchen stuff.

Anonymous said...

Not to in any way suggest that you upgrade on the cheap, but one of my favorite sources for pots & pans is www.cookwarenmore.com. I've purchased a bunch of All-clad "seconds" there and I always end up with a very pretty and functional pot that seemingly has no irregularities (one did have All-Clad stamped 2 times on the bottom, but hey, I'll take it!). Good luck with your kitchen reno - can't wait to see more pictures!!

red ticking said...

i have tips on flatwear... go on down to pacific galleries and there in a little tiny booth is a fabulous pile of hotel silver (mix and match) and you will have fun new pieces that will add lots of character to your amazing new kitchen... i use silver and hotel silver all the time... i collect it from all over the world.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Hooray for progress! The cabinets look so good. The flatware you had picked out is gorgeous. Too bad it costs an arm and a leg!

Anonymous said...

Laguiole on the flatware - you can go anywhere from $179 for 24 pieces to $589 per place setting. Great for colorful knife fights, too.

If you have the wrist strength, they nearly give away cast iron pans from Wagner and Griswold.

You will need cutting boards for chicken, cow, and pork.

I think I should buy you some plastic ivy just because I'm an asshole.

Anonymous said...

I love 1810 weight flatware. My favs are from Walco, and I adore the hammered, the iron stone and the soprano patterns. Please google them/look them up! They are a great weight, and are gorgeous..the hammered look would go with that AWESOME light fixture! :) God I love that thing!

Sacheverelle said...

Fishs Eddy has the BEST stuff.
Love those cool plates.
Those are very nice cabinets, I really like the inset doors.

Wish I was redoing my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

Yes, toss it!

You won't miss the old crap one bit!

hello gorgeous said...

Your kitchen is looking so great!! Thanks for the sneak peak.

I love the hotel silver suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Love the cabinets!

Can't wait to see your knobs--so to speak.

S. said...

hotness. even my cat thinks so.

S. said...

also, i want more pictures. please...?

Decs said...

I'll have more photos in a week or so when there is more progress. Now we wait on the marble guy. We can't do anything about the sink or faucet until the fabricator does his thing. And painting. We're waiting on the painter. He has gout. I don't even know what that is. Must be really good if we're WAITING for him. Oy.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you wrote about them already, but what color appliances did you buy? Great cabinets. Maybe when it is all finished you can post a 360 degree view video so we can all pretend we just got a new kitchen. Please.

Cynthia said...

Looking so good, you must be really happy! I just did the same thing with my pans, since all the nonstick finish was seriously scratched - plus that nonstick finish is supposed to be terrible for you - oh well. I got 2 dutch ovens from Le Crueset and I am obsessed at how wonderful they are - love the colors they come in and clean up so easily. I got mine at Homegoods, since they are too $$$ at William-Sonoma.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to Decorno, and loving it! Since 2 of my 3 favorite magazines have died (Domino, Cottage Living - now I just read Living, etc. from the UK) I've discovered the blogging world! I have to ask, those cabinets are so beautiful, are they custom? otherwise, I need to know where you got them. I'm in the SF Bay Area, so I'm hoping they're not custom so I can get them down here.

Rachel said...

Looks great!!

You know why WE have old chipped and bent pots and pans??? Because when I wanted to donate a few of them, Chris was like "That's a good pan for omlettes" "That's a good pan for grilled cheeses".... He seriously came up with a "reason" to keep them all. Well, except for one. Even though I pointed out that our NEW pans could accomplish all the tasks he brought up, he was still attached to the old pans.

Packrat.

I think I'm going to throw them away slowly, one at a time, over the next year or so.